From the Maslanka Archive – No. 26, Joseph Lulloff Performs Saxophone Concerto in Lucerne

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It’s time for another edition of From the Maslanka Archive. We are actively building the Archive, but it won’t be ready for public viewing for a while. In the meantime, we wanted to show off some great items we’ve already collected.

We also wanted to inspire YOU to help grow the collection. We would love to feature you in an upcoming edition! Simply provide us with photos, video, audio, or stories of your time together and you may find them on the front page. 

This week, we are excited to feature a classic performance of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble with Gregg Hanson leading Joseph Lulloff, Alto Saxophone and the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble from the 2001 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference. The conference was held July 8-14, 2001 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

For many, the most moving performance at the Conference was the mammoth Concerto for Saxophone by David Maslanka. The soloist, Joseph Lulloff, and the students from the University of Arizona under the leadership of Gregg Hanson and guided by the emotional force of the composer, who accompanied them on tour, culminated in a performance that will be remembered by many. – Glenn D. Price

Joseph Lulloff is professor of saxophone and area chair of woodwinds at the Michigan State University College of Music. Acclaimed internationally for his innovative style and musical virtuosity, Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist Lulloff has been described by Branford Marsalis as “a marvelous musician” whose “knowledge of music, along with his ability to embrace music normally considered outside the sphere, makes him a joy to listen to.”

While director of bands at the University of Arizona, Gregg performed nearly every major piece of David’s and commissioned several. He is responsible for commissioning perhaps David’s most important work, the 1996 Mass.

A Very Special Thanks to Gregg Hanson for providing this recording.

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